Kiddies Republic has been closed down, due to Drip Footwear owner failing to pay rent and salaries
Lekau Sehoana, the CEO of Drip Footwear, made a foray into the children’s clothing industry in 2022 with the launch of Kiddies Republic. This expansion came on the heels of two successful years in his sneaker business at Drip.
“The idea for Kiddies Republic came about as a solution to the lack of a children’s clothing offering, where trend meets value for money,” the managing director of Kiddies Republic Tshiamo Mathibela shared at the time.
Due to failure to pay rent, the store located at Mall of the North in Polokwane has been shut down, leading to three months of unpaid staff salaries.
Lekau Sehoana released a statement on Thursday afternoon, announcing that the company has made the decision to shut down Kids Republic, and he started trending soon after.
The Human Resources manager notified the employees that were working at Kiddies Republic and Drip Footwear at Mall of the North that their store would be closing. Furthermore, they were informed that Drip Footwear would no longer be paying their salaries. Consequently, the staff members ceased operations at the store as they had not received payment for their work during the months of March, April, and May.
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Things getting messy between Lekau Sehoana and his estranged wife
As if there wasn’t enough stress for Lekau Sehoana to deal with. The separation between him and his estranged wife are getting messy.
The owner of Drip Footwear found himself facing personal difficulties related to his ex-wife, Lebogang Machaba, who insisted on receiving a 50% share of the sneaker company, alleging that they had co-founded the brand.
The couple, who have a son together, separated in 2019. Accusations were made against him regarding his alleged negligence in caring for their child, which purportedly led Lebogang to experience depression and require hospitalization. However, he refuted these allegations, asserting that he provides her with a monthly allowance of R50,000.
“I send her R50 000 every month. She stays under my roof in Waterfall Estates, she’s under my medical aid and I bought her a BMW X6M Sports for R2 Million. I don’t bother that person with anything,” Lekau said furiously.
We hope they settle their disputes, and Lekau Sehoana continues to drop amazing sneakers.